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The Official Royal Wedding Album

I really don’t know what further commentary I could possibly add to the Royal Wedding – I’m fairly certain it’s all been said!

So this is just to let you know about the divine recording that’s now available.

The Official Album of the live recording of the wedding ceremony held in Westminster Abbey on April 29 is available now on iTunes and then will then be on sale in stores from May 6. This includes all of the music, the vows, the blessings and the readings.

The musical choices of Prince William and Catherine Middleton cover the best of British – both traditional and newly commissioned pieces of music but all regal, joyous, uplifting and moving.

Some of Britain’s most famous composers Elgar (Pomp & Circumstance March No.5), Vaughan Williams (Rhosymedre Prelude) and Walton (Crown Imperial) were included in the wedding, while Sir Hubert Parry contributed not only Jerusalem and I Was Glad (both, incidentally, heard at the 1981 Royal Wedding between Charles and Diana), but also Blest Pair of Sirens, and a march from The Birds.

There is a specially- written world premiere from one of today’s most gifted and popular composers, John Rutter (This Is The Day), and – the special choice of Kate – a recently composed piece from the 35-year-old Welsh choral composer, Paul Mealor. His original work, Ubi caritas, was premiered at St Andrew’s University last year, where the couple met. Of course Mealor had to keep this a secret, even from his family, until the moment it was actually performed at the service.

The performers at the ceremony included The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Chapel Royal Choir of St James’ Palace, The London Chamber Orchestra and The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Get a feel for the music in this quick video.

The record producer is one of the world’s most experienced, Anna Barry. Grammy-nominated Ms Barry has produced over 500 recordings over 25 years, ranging from works by Andrew Lloyd Webber to opera and many other legendary classical artists including José Carreras and Zubin Mehta.

You can see Anna Barry’s excitement pre-Wedding in this video below. I love that her first reaction when been asked was worrying about what hat she’d wear… then realising, of course, that no one would see her as she’d be hidden away in a recording truck next door. Yep, the music biz ain’t all glamour!

The physical album includes a special booklet featuring the complete Order of Service, the readings, vows, hymns and blessings, and all the music from this extraordinary global event that attracted the biggest audience in television history.

Decca Records is a part of Universal Music, the world’s leading record company, which also released the recording of The Wedding of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981, and the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. The uniquely original new recording will be the next in a historic line to mark major milestones for our royal family, and as such it will enter the homes of millions across the whole world.

Decca will also pay a £1 donation to the Princes’ Foundation (reg. charity no. 1132048) for each copy of the album sold in the UK, subject to a minimum total donation of £250,000. The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry was set up in September 2009 to enable The Princes to take forward their charitable ambitions.

The Royal Couple put considerable thought into selecting the music, and their choices blend traditional music with newly commissioned pieces. The official album is the only recording where you’ll find these two new pieces of music.

Tracklisting of The Royal Wedding – The Official Album

1. The Arrival of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh – Fanfare
2. The Procession of The Queen – March from The Birds (Parry)
3. Prelude on Rhosymedre (Vaughan Williams)
4. The Procession of the Bride – Anthem: I Was Glad (Parry)
5. Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwm Rhondda) (Hughes)
6. The Welcome and Introduction
7. The Marriage
8. The Vows
9. Hymn: Love Divine (Blaenwern) (Rowlands)
10. The Lesson
11. The Anthem: This is the Day Which The Lord Hath Made (Rutter)
12. The Address
13. The Motet: Ubi Caritas (Mealor)
14. The Prayers
15. Hymn: Jerusalem (Parry)
16. The Blessing
17. The National Anthem (Trad.)
18. The Signing of the Register – Blest Pair of Sirens (Parry)
19. Fanfare: Valiant and Brave (Stubbs)
20. The Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom – Crown Imperial (Walton)
21. Toccata from Symphonie V (Widor)

NB. Italics indicate spoken word

You can also order a copy of the physical album to be delivered to your door – just go to GetMusic.

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